Colorado National Monument generates $26.5 million

A National Park Service report shows that Colorado National Monument drew 545,000 visitors who generated spending of more than $26 million in 2012.
The report said says that in Colorado, more than 5.8 million people visited Park Service venues that year, where they generated spending of $347.4 million.
Visitation to the parks supported 4,991 jobs in the state and 356, of which 356 were attributable to Colorado National Monument, the report said.
“From Mesa Verde to Dinosaur National Monument, the national parks of Colorado attract millions of visitors a year from across the country and around the world,” said Sue Masica, director of the Intermountain Region of the Park Service, which includes Colorado and seven other states. “This new report confirms that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy,  returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service. This reality makes parks tourism an important factor in Colorado’s economy as well.”
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